Most people would rather not know how sausage is made.
The U.S. government isn't most people.
Federal prosecutors have indicted a Clearwater, Neb., man on three counts — alleging he passed off hundreds of pounds of sausage, beef, deer sausage and deer meat as “USDA inspected” when the USDA had not in fact inspected the meat.
Cory D. Allemang, 38, faces probation or up to three years in prison on two counts, and probation or up to a year in prison on the third.
Allemang owns or had owned a couple of meat stores — including Buster's Catering and Processing in Clearwater and Roman's II in Norfolk, Neb.
According to a grand jury indictment unsealed Thursday:
Allemang represented that approximately 300 pounds of sausage, 400 pounds of beef jerky and several other products — including bacon, deer sticks, uncooked deer meat, deer bologna and deer sausage — “had been inspected and passed by the United States Department of Agriculture.”
In fact, none of the meat had been inspected and passed by the USDA, the indictment says.
The U.S. Attorney's Office in Omaha says the sales took place in November and December of 2011 and January and February of 2012.
Attempts to reach Allemang were unsuccessful.
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